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Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Plastech plastic repair

    22 June 2011 by John Westlake

    Plastech plastic repair

    Plastech plastic repair, £11.32 Time repair has held since use: Two weeks (so far) What’s good: You can mend fairings and lugs properly with no special tools. On my old VFR, I ground a V into the back...

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  • CruzTools tool roll for BMWs

    22 June 2011 by Simon Relph

    CruzTools tool roll for BMWs

    CruzTools tool roll for BMWs, £123.01 Time used: One month What’s good: CruzTools have carefully selected a set of tools specifically with BMW in mind, allowing you to do most roadside repairs.

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  • Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger

    14 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger

    Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger, £50 at MCN Shop Time used: One year What’s good: This Optimate 4 battery charger and optimiser has been in constant use since I got it last year keeping the...

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  • Tech 7 Nav Bag

    06 June 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Tech 7 Nav Bag

    Tech 7 Nav Bag, £30.69 at MCN Shop Miles covered/time used: 300/one week What's good: The Tech 7 sat nav bag is a nice piece of kit that won’t cost you too much – especially if you buy it from...

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  • Mini Coyote speed camera detector

    06 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Mini Coyote speed camera detector

    Mini Coyote speed camera detector, from £220 (including £60 for motorcycle accessory kit) Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What's good: I've used this GPS speed camera detector and warning kit in...

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  • Aerostich Dispatch bag and organizer pocket

    06 June 2011 by Simon Relph

    Aerostich Dispatch bag and organizer pocket

    Aerostich Dispatch bag $87 (£54), organizer pocket $22 (£13) Miles covered/time: 4500/five months What's good: In typical Aerostich style its quality of manufacture and attention to detail are second...

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  • Kriega R30 Rucksack

    06 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Kriega R30 Rucksack

    Kriega R30 Rucksack, £129 Miles covered/time: 11,000/one year What’s good: This rucksack has become an almost daily companion thanks to the completely waterproof and lined build, carrying capacity,...

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  • HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

    06 June 2011 by Michael Neeves

    HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

    HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR, £2518.93 Time used: Cadwell Park and Brands GP MRO Powerbike rounds. What's good: Designed for track use, the kit includes a new ECU and a full titanium Akrapovic...

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  • Kal-gard Chain Kote

    01 June 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Kal-gard Chain Kote

    Kal-gard Chain Kote, £15 for two 500ml cans Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: As you’d hope and expect, this stuff does exactly what it says on the tin – my chain has been coated and...

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  • 3in1 Copper Grease

    01 June 2011 by Ped Baker

    3in1 Copper Grease

    3in1 Copper Grease, £4.99   What’s good: Copper grease is incredibly useful stuff. It prevents nuts and bolts rusting together, resists high temperatures and is water resistant. It’s ideal for...

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  • HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR

    01 June 2011 by Michael Neeves

    HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR

    HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR, £848.10 Time used: One round of MRO Powerbikes, Cadwell Park What’s good: This software tool for racers allows you to further customise the S1000RR’s...

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  • Garmin Zumo 220

    23 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Garmin Zumo 220

    Garmin Zumo 220, from £250 Miles covered/time: 2000/three weeks What's good: Motorcycle sat navs can be infuriating if they can't do the basics like letting you operate them safely and easily while on...

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  • EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer

    23 May 2011 by Simon Brown

    EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer

    EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: At last, a necktube in plain white. Lurid colours and crazy designs are all well and good but the slightly retro look...

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  • Leather Genie balsam

    17 May 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Leather Genie balsam

    Leather Genie balsam, £12 for 250ml Marc Abbott Time used: Two months What's good: This stuff’s like magic – seriously. All you need to do is get a very small amount of the waxy leather cleaner on a...

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  • Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    17 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector, £94.99 on MCN shop Andy Downes Miles covered/time: 15,000 one year What’s good: I owe my life in part to wearing a back protector and as a result I rarely ride...

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  • Muc-Off 5 x brush set

    16 May 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Muc-Off 5 x brush set

    Muc-Off 5 x brush set, £23.99 Michael Neeves Time used: Two months What's good: A bucket of hot soapy water and these five Muc-Off cleaning brushes are all you need to keep your bike looking tip-top.

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  • Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav

    09 May 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav

    Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav, £385 Miles covered/time: 12,000/18 months What's good: I would be lost without my sat nav (literally) and the fact that I can use the Garmin Zumo 660 on both my bike and in my...

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  • Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit

    09 May 2011 by Simon Brown

    Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit

    Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit, £9.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: This little pack from Muc-Off is dead handy. It’s small enough to slot into a pocket or tank bag – or you...

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  • Black Tack

    09 May 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Black Tack

    Black Tack, £3-£10 depending on size of roll Time used: Six months What's good: Black Tack is like an industrial-strength Blu-Tack. It's amazing stuff and I discovered it after seeing our...

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  • Moto Syberia DVD

    04 May 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Moto Syberia DVD

    Moto Syberia DVD, £19.99 Time watched: Two months What's good: 'Three men with large penises' and 'muscle building montage' are perhaps not titles you would expect to see during a motorcycle adventure...

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  • Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood

    04 May 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood

    Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood, £22 Miles covered/time: 800 miles/18 months What’s good: Under Armour products – once the preserve of outdoor types – are becoming increasingly popular with us...

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  • MotoGP 10/11 Game

    04 May 2011 by Liam Marsden

    MotoGP 10/11 Game

    MotoGP 10/11, £39.99 Time played: One month What's good: MotoGP 10/11 is a solid, no-nonsense bike racing game. If you want to dive in for a few minutes and race against 20 other players from around...

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  • MCN’s top 5 back protectors

    22 April 2011 by MCN

    MCN’s top 5 back protectors

    Once you’ve worn one you’re unlikely to ever ride without one again. A well fitted back (or even chest) protector can prevent or lessen the extend of certain injuries if you’re unlucky enough to take...

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  • Product review: Oxford Bumper cable lock

    30 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford Bumper cable lock

    Oxford Bumper cable lock, £3.99 (£3.79 on MCN shop) Time used: Six years What's good: It’s convenient and useful for low-risk applications like locking a helmet to a wheel while you pop into a shop.

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  • Product review: Motrax Allycators

    30 March 2011 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Motrax Allycators

    Motrax Allycators £29.99 (£25.59 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good: As the name suggests, the Allycators are indicators made from some kind of metal alloy. They’re only...

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  • Book review: Ace Times by Mick Duckworth

    30 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Book review: Ace Times by Mick Duckworth

    Ace Times by Mick Duckworth, £29.95 Time read: One week What’s good: I have seen and read many books on the motorcycling history of the 1950s and 60s. Most of them slot neatly into one or more of the...

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  • MCN’s top 5 biking books

    25 March 2011 by MCN

    MCN’s top 5 biking books

    Feet up, grab a beer, turn the telly off and rediscover the lost art of reading… Save £££s on motorcycle books in the MCN Shop Here’s our pick of the some of the best biking books we’ve...

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  • 3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser

    22 March 2011 by Ped Baker

    3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser

    3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser, £4.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: 500ml of citrus (limonene) based foaming degreaser you simply spray on, agitate with a stiff brush and rinse off. It will...

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  • Oxford Chillout shirt

    22 March 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Oxford Chillout shirt

    Oxford Chillout shirt, £54.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good: An outstanding bit of kit that has been designed to be waterproof, breathable and warm. Ticks all the right boxes for...

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  • Wurth brake and chain cleaner

    22 March 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Wurth brake and chain cleaner

    Wurth brake and chain cleaner, £4.99 Time used: Six months What’s good: This gets rid of all the grit and dust accumulated on your chain or brake discs with relative ease. Spray it on, leave for a...

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  • Oxford Oxsocks

    22 March 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Oxford Oxsocks

    Oxford Oxsocks, £14.99 Miles covered/time: 3000 /three months What’s good: These socks are my choice as favourite kit of the year. Extremely comfortable and durable with natural fibres and moisture...

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  • Lidl oil filter removal band

    22 March 2011 by Simon Relph

    Lidl oil filter removal band

    Lidl oil filter removal band, £2.99 Time used: Four months What’s good: So many filters require special filter remover due to their inaccessible locations, normally inside a fairing behind a row of...

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  • Respro Hump

    22 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Respro Hump

    Respro Hump, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 300/one month What’s good: Anything that help to make you more visible late in the evening – especially from the side – has got to be a good thing. This...

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  • MCN’s top 5 biking tools

    18 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 biking tools

    At some point we’re all going to need to pick up a tool – even if it’s to perform the most simple job, like adjusting a drive chain or adjusting your controls to fit you more comfortably. Save £££s...

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  • Castrol bke polish

    11 March 2011 by YoungHomer

    Castrol bke polish

    Castrol Bike Polish (£6) The can comes in 300ml size which is plenty to use for a long period of time on your two wheeled pride and joy. It splatters a bit when you spray it so spray it onto a cloth...

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  • Wayne Rainey. His Own Story

    15 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Wayne Rainey. His Own Story

    Wayne Rainey. His Own Story, £9.99 Time read: One week What’s good: Written by MotoGP journo Michael Scott, Rainey’s autobiography was first published back in 1997, but reproduced last year with...

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